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February 11 2012

12:30 AM

Wi finds his zone at 40

Interview: Charlie Wi

Charlie Wi addressed the media following his second round at Pebble Beach.

By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- It took seen years and turning 40, but Charlie Wi has more self-belief in himself than ever has, and it’s showing in his play at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

Wi, who has never won in 162 career starts on the PGA TOUR, shot a 2-under 69 Friday at Pebble Beach, moving him to 12 under and a three-shot lead heading into the weekend.

“I know I’ve got a good swing, and I’m a good putter, but I’ve always doubted myself a lot,” Wi said. “When things don’t go well, I always got down on myself very easy. I feel like I’m getting over that hump.”

He certainly has here. Through two rounds, Wi is tied for first in fairways hit having missed just two so far. He’s also third in the field in putting.

It didn’t hurt that he didn’t need the putter on the par-4 13th, where he holed out for eagle with a wedge from 114 yards.

For Wi, who had missed two of three cuts this season, it all comes down to confidence however. That’s why he sought out a sport psychologist.

Still, it comes down to Wi executing the shots.

“They can tell you if you don’t believe in yourself, doesn’t matter what they say to you, you have to do it yourself,” Wi said. “I’ve come to the conclusion I still doubt myself. But I feel like I am really comfortable with my golf swing.

“Before I always that that a little bit. Meaning I was trying to make it look so pretty on camera, where I was constantly working on golf swings during tournaments. I was almost throwing tournaments away because I was working on my golf swing.”

Wi isn’t sure how he got to this point, but he feels like he is moving in the right direction now.

“The next two days are going to be very tough because there are going to be a lot of demons and doubts,” Wi said. “But those are the challenges I’m looking forward to to see how I handle myself.”

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